Syracuse University (SU)

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Syracuse University can be found in Syracuse, NY, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Syracuse University has nearly 24,000 students enrolled yearly.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores in the range of 1180 (25th percentile) - 1380 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 26 (25th percentile) - 30 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants admitted to SU. We were able to estimate the Syracuse University (SU) average GPA (3.48 - 3.64) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. SU accepts about 40% of students applying. Of those that are accepted, around 23% of students registered for enrollment. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Syracuse University (SU) acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 44%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Syracuse University (SU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Syracuse University was reported as 44.4% in Fall 2020 with over 35,300 college applications submitted to SU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SU ACT Scores: 26 - 30
  • SU Average GPA: 3.48 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into Syracuse University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Syracuse University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Syracuse University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 52.3%
  • 2017-2018: 46.9%
  • 2018-2019: 49.9%
  • 2019-2020: 44.4%
  • Projected SU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 44.2%

How Does Syracuse University (SU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for SU is twenty-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Cornell University10.9%
SUNY at Binghamton40.5%
University of Rochester29.7%
Rochester Institute of Technology70.7%
SUNY at Albany54.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Syracuse University (SU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading580 - 670
Math600 - 710
Total Score1180 - 1380
ACT®Score Range
English25 - 33
Math25 - 30
Composite Score26 - 30
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